Fans prepare for 'Rory and Jordan' show at PGA

Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:00am EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Clear skies and barely a breath of wind greeted the early starters at the PGA Championship on Thursday as golf fans prepared for the 'Rory and Jordan' show later in the day at Whistling Straits.

The return from injury by world number one McIlroy to defend his PGA Championship crown this week and Spieth's bid to win a third grand slam title this year have marked out the season's final major as extra special.

McIlroy and Spieth have between them won four of the last five majors played and, aged just 26 and 22 respectively, they are likely to dominate the game at the highest level for some time to come.

Traditionally, the winners of the season's first three majors have always been drawn together and McIlroy, Spieth and British Open champion Zach Johnson are set to start the opening round on the first tee at 2:20 p.m. ET.

"I'm excited to just share a couple days with Rory and Zach," said Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth. "I played with Zach (at Firestone) last week, he's a good friend of mine.

"We're going to have a good time, and hopefully we can all feed off each other these two days. Hopefully we can all get into contention."

Much of the focus this week will be on the remarkable Spieth as he seeks to join fellow Americans Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods as the only players in the modern era to have won three majors in a single year.

Hogan was the first to complete the hat-trick, in 1953, and Woods followed suit in 2000.   Continued...

Aug 12, 2015; Sheboygan, WI, USA; Rory McIlroy catches a golf ball on the practice range during a practice round for the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits -The Straits Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports